139 terms

English WOTD

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Peruse
to look over carefully
Pilfer
to steal
Sordid
involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt. 2. Dirty or squalid
Squalid
(of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect. 2. showing or involving a contemptible lack of moral standards
Recur
occur again, periodically, or repeatedly
Reproach
address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment. (n)the expression of disapproval or disappointment
Plod
walk doggedly and slowly with heavy steps.(n)a slow, heavy walk.
Amid
surrounded by; in the middle of.in an atmosphere or against a background of.
Justice
fair behavior or treatment 2. a judge or magistrate, in particular, a judge of the supreme court of a country or state
Injustice
a lack of fairness
Ubiquitous
present, appearing, or found everywhere
Sullen
bad-tempered and sulky; gloomy. (n) sulky or depressed
Muster
assemble (troops), especially for inspection or in preparation for battle. (n) a formal gathering of troops, especially for inspection, display, or exercise.
Clincher
a fact, argument, or event that settles a matter conclusively. (n) a bicycle or automobile tire that has flange beads that fit into the wheel rim.
Gritty
containing or covered with grit. 2. showing courage and resolve
Emerge
move out of or away from something and come into view. 2. become apparent, important, or prominent
Immerge
to plunge into or immerse oneself in something
Loquacious
tending to talk a great deal; talkative
Allusion
an implied or indirect reference especially in literature; a person, place, thing or idea. also : the use of such references
Allegory
a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation ie. The "Allegory of the Cave"
Flippant
lacking proper respect or seriousness
Misogyny
hatred of women
Eminent
(of a person) famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession. 2. used to emphasize the presence of a positive quality
Imminent
about to happen
Bully
to show repeated, unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.
Upstander
a person that acts to make a positive change
Satire
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues
Verbal irony
a speaker speaks something contradictory to what he intends to
Situational irony
when incongruity appears between expectations of something to happen, and what actually happens
dramatic irony
the audience knows more about the situations, the causes of conflicts and their resolutions before leading characters or actors
Porter
a person employed to carry luggage and other loads, especially in a railroad station, airport, or hotel.
Trilby hat
a soft felt hat with a narrow brim and indented crown
Briskly
done quickly, lively, refreshingly
Facade
the face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space. 2. n outward appearance that is maintained to conceal
Congenial
(of a person) pleasant because of a personality, qualities, or interests that are similar to one's own. Hospitable, agreeable, nice.
Dither
to be indecisive; to change one's mind; to hesitate
Rapacious
greedy
Conjure
to call to mind
Kippers
fish that has been salted and smoked - a breakfast item in Great Britain
Dotty
crazy
Emanate
originate from; be produced by. give out or emit (something abstract but perceptible).
Blemish
a small mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something. (v) spoil the appearance of (something) that is otherwise aesthetically perfect.
Bucolic
of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
Paraphernalia
miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity.
Pharmakos
the ritualistic sacrifice or exile of a human scapegoat or victim
Facetious
treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
Fastidious
very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail. 2. very concerned about matters of cleanliness.
Warrens
small, crowded spaces. The little holes in the ground in which rabbits live are called warrens.
Pelt
to attack (someone) by repeatedly hurling things at them.
tremulous
trembling, or shaking; fearful or timid.
oblivious
unaware
sublime
majestic, grand
spindrift
spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind.
acute
sharp
vex
to disturb or bother.
sagacity
intelligence and good judgement.
refrain
to hold back
wary
feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems.
suavity
smooth in manner.
audacity
boldness
vehemently
forcefully
gesticulations
energetic gestures.
Seraphim
in the fourteenth verse, "perfumed by an unseen censer / Swung by seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled..." is used to illustrate the swift, invisible way a scent spreads in a room. A seraphim is one of the six-winged angels standing in the presence of God.
Nepenthe
is a potion, used by ancients to induce forgetfullness of pain or sorrow.
Balm in Gilead
from the following verse, is a soothing ointment made in Gilead, a mountainous region of Palestine east of the Jordan river.
Aidenn
from the sixteenth verse, is an Arabic word for Eden or paradise.
Plutonian
characteristic of Pluto, the god of the underworld in Roman mythology
Ebb
to move away from the land or sea 2. To lessen in degree
Wax
to increase as in the moon
Wane
to decrease (as in the moon)
Aforementioned
denoting a thing or person previously mentioned.
Suffices
to be enough or adequate
Malicious
intending to harm or to do harm; vengeful
Abhorrence
a feeling of repulsion, disgusted loathing
Shrouded
wrapped or dressed; covered from one's view.
Hindsight
understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed.
Balderdash
senseless talk or writing; nonsense.
Hiatus
a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.
Prudent
acting with or showing care and thought for the future.
Trepidation
a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen
Emaciated
abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food.
Riffle
to search quickly through (something), especially so as to cause disorder. 2 to disturb the surface of; ruffle.
Gratuitous
uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted.(2)given or done free of charge.
Dour
relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance.
Frugal
sparing or economical with regard to money or food. (2) simple and plain and costing little.
Vociferous
vehement or clamorous.
Dissipate
disappear or cause to disappear. (2) disperse or scatter.
Pallid
deficient in color. (2) lacking sparkle or liveliness : dull
Desecrate
to violate the sanctity of : profane (2)to treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously
Berate
to scold or condemn vehemently and at length
Incriminate
to charge with or show evidence or proof of involvement in a crime or fault
Accost
to approach and speak to (someone) often in a challenging or aggressive way
Unflappable
having or showing calmness in a crisis; cool and collected
Adamant
refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind
Paradox
a seemingly absurd or self-contradicting statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be true
Tirade
a bitter, abusive speech.
Empathy
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Sulfuric
of, relating to, or containing sulfur
Char
to convert to charcoal or carbon usually by heat: burn: to burn slightly or partly: scorch
Chirpy
cheerfully lively; 2 suggestive of chirping like a bird
Maniacal
affected with or suggestive of madness 2. characterized by ungovernable excitement or frenzy
Amiably
in a way that shows friendliness
Caravan
travelers journeying together, a line of vehicles travelling together
Disgruntled
let down; dissatisfied.
Formidable
causing fear, dread, or alarm; likely to be difficult to overcome or deal with
Haggard
appearing worn and exhausted
Inaccessible
not approachable
Indignant
outraged about something that seems unfair, unjust, or mean
Maverick
one who takes an independent stand apart from one's group
Moronic
having little intelligence
Morosely
in a way that shows gloom, sadness, melancholy
Precariously
in a way that is dangerously unstable or subject to chance
Radical
extreme, drastic
Raucous
harsh, disorderly
Skittish
lively, nervous
Resiliency
the ability to recover quickly
Unsullied
not spoiled or made impure.
Concede
admit that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it. 2. surrender or yield (something that one possesses).
Foray
a sudden attack into enemy territory, especially to obtain something; a raid. 2. an attempt to become involved in a new activity or sphere.
Expound
present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail.
Unanimous
in complete agreement.
Ramshackle
deplorable condition
Deplorable
shockingly bad in quality.
Hermaphrodite
a person or animal having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristic
Aberration
a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome.
Thereby
by that means; as a result of that.
Cannas
a lily-like, tropical American plant with bright flowers and ornamental straplike leaves.
Trousseau
the clothes, household linen, and other belongings collected by a bride for her marriage.
Begrudge
envy (someone) the possession or enjoyment of (something)." she begrudged Martin his affluence" 2. give reluctantly or resentfully.
Linotype
a composing machine producing lines of words as single strips of metal, used chiefly for newspapers. It is now rarely used.
Ecclesiastical
relating to the Christian Church or its clergy.
Acquiescence
the reluctant acceptance of something without protest.
Futility
pointlessness or uselessness.
Skew
neither parallel nor at right angles to a specified or implied line; askew; crooked. (n) an oblique angle; a slant. (v) suddenly change direction or position.
Corrugated
(of a material, surface, or structure) shaped into alternate ridges and grooves.
Corroborate
confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding).
Acrimonious
(typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter.
Meek
quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.
Dictum
a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source. 2. a short statement that expresses a general truth or principle.